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An integrated PK-PD model for cortisol and the 17-hydroxyprogesterone and androstenedione biomarkers in children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia.




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An integrated PK-PD model for cortisol and the 17-hydroxyprogesterone and androstenedione biomarkers in children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2020 Jul 11;:

Authors: Al-Kofahi M, Ahmed MA, Jaber MM, Tran TN, Willis BA, Zimmerman CL, Gonzalez-Bolanos MT, Brundage RC, Sarafoglou K

Abstract
AIM: To characterize the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic relationships of cortisol and the adrenal biomarkers 17-hydroxyprogesterone and androstenedione in children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH).
METHODS: A nonlinear mixed-effect modeling approach was used to analyze cortisol, 17-hydroxyprogesterone and androstenedione concentrations obtained over six hours from children with CAH (n=50). A circadian rhythm was evident and the model leveraged literature information on circadian rhythm in untreated children with CAH. Indirect response models were applied in which cortisol inhibited the production rate of all three compounds using an Imax model.
RESULTS: Cortisol was characterized by a one-compartment model with apparent clearance and volume of distribution estimated at 22.9L/h/70kg and 41.1L/70kg, respectively. The IC50 values of cortisol concentrations for cortisol, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, and androstenedione were estimated to be 1.36, 0.45 and 0.75ug/dL, respectively. The inhibitory effect was found to be more potent on 17OHP than D4A, and the IC50 values were higher in salt-wasting subjects than simple virilizers. Production rates of cortisol, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, and androstenedione were higher in simple-virilizer subjects. Half-lives of cortisol, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, and androstenedione were 60, 47, and 77 minutes, respectively.
CONCLUSION: Rapidly changing biomarker responses to cortisol concentrations highlight that single measurements provide volatile information about a child’s disease control. Our model closely captured observed cortisol, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, and androstenedione concentrations. It can be used to predict concentrations over 24 hours and allows many novel exposure metrics to be calculated, e.g., AUC, AUC-above-threshold, time-within-range, etc. Our long-range goal is to uncover dose-exposure-outcome relationships that clinicians can use in adjusting hydrocortisone dose and timing.

PMID: 32652643 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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